Born in Glasgow in 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981. Craig Armstrong has composed scores for both Hollywood and independent films from Peter Mullan’s directorial debut to the BAFTA, Ivor Novello and Golden Globe-winning scores for Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby. Many more films have benefited from his music, including The Quiet American, Orphans, Love Actually, World Trade Centre, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Far From The Madding Crowd, amongst many others. His film score for Ray, directed by Taylor Hackford, garnered a Grammy for original score. Armstrong collaborated with Oliver Stone on his score for Snowden (2016).
Armstrong has composed for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Capella Nova. Working in theatre with the director Michael Boyd for Royal Shakespeare Company he scored Broken Heart and The Tempest. Armstrong’s second Scottish Opera commission, The Lady from the Sea, premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012 winning an Herald Angel Award. He recorded several albums: The Space Between Us, As If to Nothing, It’s Nearly Tomorrow, a solo album which featured collaborations with Paul Buchanan and Vladislav Delay, Piano Works, Piano Works: The Film, Memory Takes My Hand featuring the violinist Clio Gould and BBC Symphony Orchestra. His latest solo is an album for strings and piano featuring Scottish Ensemble.
Craig Armstrong was awarded an O.B.E for services to the music industry in 2010 and in 2016 received the Henry Mancini Award from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers.